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GRI Content: G4-56


SGS’s sustainability management system builds the foundation for the Group’s responsible operations on both the global and local level.

Function of the Sustainability Management System

Our sustainability management system is the framework with which we:

  • Identify our material and our sustainability aspects
  • Define our policy commitments
  • Set targets
  • Conduct audits
  • Implement programs
  • Measure our progress
  • Analyze and improve our performance
  • Engage with stakeholders through transparent reporting and dialogue

The Four Pillars of the Sustainability Management System

The Sustainability Management System is built around four pillars – Professional Excellence, People, Environment and Community – each supported by Group wide policies, global programs and local initiatives (see diagram below). We align our management system to ISO 26000 and the Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 Guidelines. We also use the AA 1000 Principles as well as specific frameworks, such as the ISO 14064 International Standard for emissions inventories and verification, to monitor our data and report on material issues.


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